A new beginning…..

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Dear colleagues and friends,

It is Friday evening, we hope the week has been useful for you especially in preparations for the next academic year. It has been wonderful to see you engaging with some of the activities and themes of the past days in creative and imaginative ways as well as embracing our little experiments and daring to try something different. 

Although this course now will come to an end the site will remain open for you to dip in and out of at any time. The AdvanceHE forum is also open to continue to share your experiences and to continue the discussions.

The final block for the weekend (and beyond) is an opportunity for you to reflect on this past week. Please look at the programme for Saturday-Sunday  and engage with the opportunity to reflect. We hope that you will share this on twitter (please include #FOS201) and the community space.

Finally we would like to invite you to complete a mini survey to share your experiences of this past week so that we can get an insight into your experience. Thank you.

 

Stay safe and see you online

#FOS201 team

 

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Friday and the theme is “Open Education” #FOS201

Open, Image by Nathalie Sheridan [made available under CC BY-NC ]https://photos.app.goo.gl/9XCBqZpmtUFWJCMC6 

Dear colleagues and friends,

It is Friday. We hope the week has been useful for you so far. It has been wonderful to see you engaging with some of the activities and themes of the past days in creative and imaginative ways. 

Today we will be exploring Open Education with Dawne and Peter who will be your main guides supported by other facilitators. Have a look through the programme for Friday and engage with some of the activities. 

Please look at the questions for today and share your reflections in our Advance HE forum, feel free to comment on other posts too to support each other.

All activities have been designed to trigger reflection and help you make links to your own practice. 

Why not maintain the momentum you’ve gained through FOS by participating in the open education #creativeHE jam too? Find out more here and join us live on MS Teams from 12-2pm here

See you online

Dawne and Peter on behalf of the #FOS201 team

Thursday and the theme is “Communities and Collaboration” #FOS201

Community, Image by Nathalie Sheridan [made available under CC BY-NC] https://photos.app.goo.gl/hBbKjDzqwBdKaJ4F8

Dear colleagues and friends,

How are you this morning? It is already Thursday. Where did the days go? Remember to add your details to our padlet if you wish to –  https://uclan.padlet.org/EGillaspy/fos201. If you just joined us, you will find our discussions in a dedicated Advance HE Connect space. All welcome and some really interesting exchanges already in the past few days.

We hope you are continuing to enjoy the programme. Today we will be exploring how images can be used to develop communities through non-verbal means in networked spaces. Take a look at  the programme for Thursday.

Alex and Paul P will be the facilitators for this day. We have a number of activities specifically designed around image communication. Firstly, we invite you to our FOS Space Padlet where, using your phone to make images, you’ll respond to a theme that you all have experience of. Then, how we can use animated GIFs to communicate in shorthand. Finally we invite you to create your own GIFs and communicate these to each other. We would like you to use the FOS Open Community Space to reflect on each other’s image communications throughout your day.

All activities have been designed to trigger reflection and help you make links to your own practice.

See you online

Paul and Alex on behalf of the #FOS201 team

 

Wednesday and the theme is “Supporting Learning” #FOS201

Support, Image by Nathalie Sheridan [made available under CC BY-NC available at https://photos.app.goo.gl/SwknfaHJK47N7mpF8

Dear colleagues and friends,

We hope you the week is going well so far. If you just decided to join us you may wish to spent a little bit of time familiarising yourself with #FOS201 and introduce yourself. All you need to do is go to https://uclan.padlet.org/EGillaspy/fos201. Also remember that our discussions will be taking place in a dedicated Advance HE Connect space. Join us there if you wish. 

Today we will be exploring supporting learning with Emma and Paul S, who will be your main guides supported by other facilitators. Have a look through the programme for Wednesday and engage with some of the activities. 

Please look at the questions for today and share your reflections in our Advance HE forum, feel free to comment on other posts too to support each other.

Please also create a collaborative poster by adding to this Padlet – sharing useful tips and ideas. Remember you can add text, images, videos etc so feel free to experiment (a key theme of this programme).

All activities have been designed to trigger reflection and help you make links to your own practice. 

See you online

Emma and Paul on behalf of the #FOS201 team

Tuesday and the theme is “Flexible Pedagogies” #FOS201

 Flexibility, just a bubble? Image by Nathalie Sheridan [made available under CC BY-NC]

Dear colleagues and friends,

We hope you had a good start to the programme (its ok if you have only just joined) and spent a little bit of time familiarising yourself with #FOS201 and introduced yourself. We started having some interesting conversations around digital literacies on Monday and it is still possible for you to get engage with these in the Advance HE connect community and also on Twitter using the #FOS201 hashtag. 

If you haven’t done this yet, don’t worry. Just go to https://uclan.padlet.org/EGillaspy/fos201. Also remember that our discussions will be taking place in a dedicated Advance HE Connect space. Join us there if you wish. 

Today we will be exploring flexible pedagogies with Craig who will be your main guide supported by other facilitators. Have a look through the programme for Tuesday and engage with some of the activities. Please access the Padlet and share your thoughts. There will then be a synchronous discussion online on the YoTeach app (code 84380436) between 1400 and 1500hrs UK time.

All activities have been designed to trigger reflection and help you make links to your own practice. 

See you online

Craig on behalf of the #FOS201 team

Monday and the theme is “Digital Literacies” #FOS201

Navigating, Image by Nathalie Sheridan [made available under CC BY-NC]

Dear colleagues and friends,

We hope you had a good and peaceful weekend and spent a little bit of time familiarising yourself with #FOS201 and introduced yourself. 

If you haven’t done this yet, don’t worry. Just go to https://uclan.padlet.org/EGillaspy/fos201. Also remember that our discussions will be taking place in a dedicated Advance HE Connect space. Join us there if you wish. 

Thank you everybody who joined us for the concert on Friday. It was wonderful to see some of you and find out what you wish to get out of FOS201. It was encouraging to hear that you are willing to experiment and we hope that this week will very much give you such opportunities, as it has been designed with this in mind. 

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Today we will be exploring together digital literacies. Tünde and Seán will be your main guides supported by other facilitators. Have a look through the programme for Monday and engage with some of the activities. The second activity will take place in the Advance HE forum, so to participate, please register (if you haven’t yet got an account on Advance HE Connect- it won’t take long at all and you can also connect with lots of other networks beyond the course). All activities have been designed to trigger reflection and help you make links to your own practice. 

See you online

Tünde and Seán on behalf of the #FOS201 team

Tunde

Sean

 

Are you ready to join us?

 

Unlocking opportunities, Image by Nathalie Sheridan made available under CC BY-NC

Hello everybody,

We are very excited! Day 1 has almost arrived. We hope you will find this journey as exciting as we do and useful so that we can learn together about Flexible, Open and Social Learning and consider creative changes to our practices where we spot opportunities to enhance the student experience.

We felt that offering FOS now during the pandemic may be useful to bring us together and help and learn with and from each other in readiness for the next academic year. 

FOS is a collaborative event building upon and mixing up existing OER (see Creative Commons attribution and about page) that foster inquiry-based learning. Each day will be a new opportunity for experimentation. Our daily thematic suggestions are:

  1. Digital literacies 
  2. Flexible pedagogies
  3. Supporting learning
  4. Communities and collaboration
  5. Open education

You will be invited to use the learning triggers shared in 3 alternative formats as a starting point for your learning and exploration. The related activities are also there for you to consider. Facilitators will support you throughout the 10 days. 

This programme is  experimental in nature, based on active inquiry-based learning and teaching approaches. We use a range of freely available tools, any of which you could easily use too. There are a variety of learning scenarios and activities to engage in and feel free to dip in and out. The hope is that you will experience something that will help you reflect on specific aspects of your own current practice, the approaches and tactics you use and perhaps also consider alternative approaches for the future, in readiness for the next academic year during these challenging times.

The first 3 days (Friday to Sunday) are all about orientation and socialisation, and we do hope that you can join us for our opening “Concert” on Friday 5th June at 1500hrs (UK time). 

Stay safe!

The #FOS201 team

Are you ready for 10 days of cross-institutional development to explore flexible, open and social learning with facilitators from 10 NW institutions? Let’s learn together, staff AND students #FOS201

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Dear colleagues and friends,

A warm welcome to FOS, the open cross-institutional course for professionals in Higher Education and Further Education who teach or support learning and students who are interested in learning with others  from around the world about flexible, open and social learning together. The areas we would like to explore together are:

  • Digital literacies
  • Flexible pedagogies
  • Supporting learning
  • Communities and collaboration
  • Open education

The first three days will have a focus on getting to know each other and find out a little bit more about the course. And we are preparing a surprise for our very first day, the 5th. Watch this space. Then on Monday – Friday we will focus on the above areas of interest. The following weekend will be an opportunity to consolidate what we have learnt and see what we would like to take forward and how.

In #FOS201 you will

  • be supported by distributed volunteer facilitators
  • have the opportunity to engage in inquiry-based activities
  • select what you would like to do, how, when (and with whom)
  • and if you wish, be part of a community to learn with and from each other…
  • and of course, experiment with and experience new approaches and consider some of these for your own practice.

You can do as much or as little as you wish in any order. You may even just focus on one of the above for the main part of the course. Whatever is useful for you.

This brand new iteration will be offered over 10 days. We start on Friday the 5th of June and will finish the facilitated version on Sunday the 14th of June. But learning, of course, can continue.

This iteration is an open cross-institutional collaboration with volunteer facilitators from institutions across the North West of England. Together, we will support you and each other in debating and experimenting with alternative approaches to learning. We hope this will help us all to re- and un-think our practices to solve the issues we currently face in flexible, creative and collaborative ways.

 Collaboration and cooperation are more important than ever. We hope you will embrace this development opportunity and join us. Everybody is welcome. Staff teaching or supporting learning at a higher education institution and students in the NW, anywhere else in the UK or further afield. Colleagues and students from the wider education sector may also find this useful. You are all welcome. The more diverse  our learning community becomes the better!

FOS is an openly licensed course developed through recycling and building on existing OER course and particularly FDOL developed by Chrissi Nerantzi and Lars Uhlin (see full attribution on the right-hand side). We are using an inquiry-based approach that can work for individual and collaborative learning, online and offline.

If you work at MMU, you will also be able to use your FOS work towards up to 30 FLEX credits at Postgraduate Level of the PgCert in LTHE or HE but also the MA in HE. Get in touch if you would like to find out more regarding this. Other institutions may offer similar opportunities through their internal staff development programmes.

The FOS community space where our discussions will take place are within Advance HE Connect. We are grateful to Advance HE for their support. Please note, you will need to set-up or use your Advance HE Connect account to join this space.

We hope you will join us in this exciting 10-day adventure, to share experiences, ideas, participate in (some of) the activities and learn with and from each other. You will have the opportunity to meet like- and other-minded individuals who all care about learning and teaching and will bring diverse ideas to our conversations. Be open to new possibilities, learning explorations and experimentations. Challenge, be challenged and have fun too!

We will share regular course updates here and on Twitter @fos4l and the course hashtag is #FOS201.

We are really looking forward to learning together and will be back again nearer the start of the course. If you are joining us, please note that there is no registration and you can fully participate by just jumping in. We would love you to say hello, however on pur FOS201 padlet below. 

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And if you would like to complete our very short survey so that we can find out a little bit about you that would be wonderful too. You can find this in the above padlet or directly by clicking here.

Please share this open invitation with anybody you feel may be interested, staff, students and the wider public.

Sean, Paul, Peter, Alex, Tünde, Emma, Hassan, Dawn, Craig, Paul, Neil and Chrissi

The #FOS201 team

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